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The scene at the opening of the story is
laid in the library of an old worn-out
southern plantation, known as the Bar
o-Y. The place is to be sold, and its
history and that of the owners, the
Qulntards. s the subject of discussion by
onathan Crenshaw. a business man a
stranger known as Bladen. and iob
Tancy, a farmer, when Hannibal Wayne
Basard. a mysterious child of the old
southern family, makes his appearance.
Yancy tells how he adopted the boy. Na
thanlel Ferris buys the Barony, but the
iQuntards deny any knowledge of the
-y. Yancy to keep HannibaL Captain
--rrell, a friend of the Qulntards. ap
pears and asale questions about the Bar
ony. Trouble at Scratch Hill. when Han
nibal is kidnaped by Dave Blount, Cap
tain Murrell's agent. Yancy overtakes
Blount. give him a thrashing and secures
the boy. Yancy appears before Squire
Balaam, and is discharged with costs for
the pantiR. Betty Mairoy, a friend of
the Ferrises. has an encounter with Cap
tatn Murrell,. who forces his attentions on
her, and is rescued by Brace Carrington.
Betty sets out for her Tennessee home.
anton takes the same stage. Yancy
and Hannibal disappear, with Murrell on
their trail Hannlbal arrives at the home
of Judge Slocum Price. The Judge recog
of Judge l8ocum Price. The Judge reog
nizes In the boy, the grandson of an old
time friend. Murrell arrives at Judge's
home. Cavendish family on raft rescue
Yancy. who is apparently dead. Price
breaks jail. Betty and Carrington arrive
at Belle Plain. Hannibal's rifl discloses
some startling things to the judge. Han
nibal and Betty meet again. Murrell ar
rives In Belle Plain. Is playing for big
stakes. Yancy awakes from long dream
less sleep on board the raft. Judae Price
makes startling discoveries in looking up
land titles. Charley Norton. a young
planter who assists the judge, is mys
eriously assaulted. Norton Informs Car
rlngton that Betty has promised to marry
him. Norton is mystertotsly shot. More
light on Murrell's plot. He plans upris
ng of negroes. Judge Price, with Hanni
visits Betty, and she keeps the boy
as a companion. In a stroll Betty takes
with Hannibal they meet Bess Hicks,
daughter of the overseer, who warns
Betty t6f danger and counsels her to
leave Belle Plain at once. Betty. terri
fled, acts on Bess' advice, and on their
way their carriage is stopped by Slosson.
the tavern keeper, and a confederate, and
Betty and Hannibal are made prisoners.
The pair are taken to Hicks' cabin. In an
almost inaccessible spot, and there Mur
rell visits Betty and reveals his part In
the plot and his object. Betty spurns
hie proffered love and the interview is
ended by the arrival of Ware, terrified
at possible outcome of the crime. Judge
Price, hearing of the abduction, plans ac
tion. The Judge takes charge of the
situation, and search for the missing ones
is Instituted. Carrington visits the judge
and allies are discovered. Judge Price
visits Colonel Fentress where he meets
Yancy and Cavendish. Becoming enraged.
Price dashes a glase of whisky Into the
rolonel's face and a duel is arranged. Mur
e1l Is arrested for negro stealing and his
"You swear you'll do your part?"
he said thickly. He took his purse
from his pocket and counted out the
amouht due Hicks. He named the
total, and paused irresolutely.
"Don't you want the fire lighted?"
asked Hicks. He was familiar with
his employer's vacillating moods.
"Yes," answered Ware, his lips
quivering; and slowly, with shaking
ingers, he added to the pile of bills
n Hlicks' hand.
"Well, take care of yourself," said
icks, when the count was complete.
ae thrust the roll of bills into his
pq1ket and moved to the door.
-'*a slan, the planter collapsed
s~-l his chair, breathing heavily, bat
his terrors swept over him and left
him with a savage sense of triumph.
This passed; he sprang up, intending
to recall Hicks and unmake his bar
gain. What had he been thinking of
-safety lay only in flight! Before he
reached the door his greed was in the
ascendant. He dropped down on the
edge of his bed, his eyes fixed on the
window. The sun sank lower. From
where he sat he saw it through the
upper half of the sash, blood-red and
livid in a mist of fleecy clouds.
It was in the tops of the old oaks
not, which sent their shadows Into
his room. Again maddened by his
terrors, he started and backed toward
the door; but again his greed, the
one dominating influence of his life,
He watched the sun sink. He
watched the red splendor fade over
the river; he saw the first stars ap.
pear. He told himself that Hicks
would soon be gone-if the fire was
not to be lighted he must act at
once! He stole to the window. It
was dusk now, yet he could distin
guish the distant wooded boundaries
of the great Selds tramed by the dark
enaing sky. Then in the silence he
heard the thud of hoofs.
The Judge Names His Second.
"Price-" began Mahaffy. They were
back in Raleigh In the room the judge
called his olee, and this was Ma
hafy's first opportunity to ease his
mind on the subject of the duel, as
they had only just parted from Yancy
and Cavendlsh, who had stopped at
one of the stores to make certain
purchases for the raft.
"Not a word, Solomon-it had to
come. I am going to kill him. 1
shall feel better then."
"What if he kills you?" demanded
Mahaffy harshly. The judge shrugged
"That is as it may be."
"Have you forgotten your grand
son ?" Mahaffy's voice wuas still harsh
"'I regard my meeting with Fentress
as nothing le than a sacred duty
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"We know no more than we did
this morning," said Mahaffy. "You
are mixing up all sorts of side issues
with what should be your teal pur
"Not at all, Solomon-not at all! I
look upon my grandson's speedy re
covery as an assured fact. Fentress
dare not hold him. He knows he is
run to earth at last."
"No, 8olomon-no, my friend, we
will not speak of it again. You will
go back to Belle Plain with Yancy and
Cavendish; you must represent me
there. We have as good as found
Hannibal, but we must be active in
Miss Malroy's behalf. For us that has
an important bearing on the future,
and since I cannot, you must be at
Belle Plain when Carrlngton arrives
with his pack of dogs. Give him the
advantage of your sound and mature
judgment, Solomon; don't let any
false modesty keep you in the back
"Who's going to second your'
The Judge was a picture of Indif
"It will be quite informal, the code
is scarcely applicable; I merely in
tend to remove him because he is' not
fit to rive."
"At sun-up!" muttered Mahaffy.
"I intend to start one day right
even if I never live to begin another,"
said the Judge, a sudden fierce light
flashing from his eyes. "I feel that
this is the turning point in my ca
reer, Solomon!" he went on. "The
beginning of great things! But I
shall take no chances with the fu
ture; I shall prepare for every pos.
sible contingency. I am going to
make you and Yancy my grandson's
guardians. There's a hundred thou
sand acres of lard_ hereabout that
must come to him. I shall ouatile In
writing the legal steps to be taken to
substantiate his claims. Also he will
inherit largely from me at~my death."
Something very like laughter es
caped from Mahaffy's lips.
"There you go, Solomon, with your
inopportune mirth! What in God's
name have I If I haven't hope? Take
Nit WIll Be Quite Informal; the Code Is Scarcely Applicable."
grandson shall! He shall wear vel
vet and a lace collar and ride his pony
yet, by God, as a gentleman's grand
"It sounds well, Price, but where's
the money coming from to push a law
The judge waved this aside.
"The means will be found, Solo
mon. Our horizon is lifting-I can
see it lift! Don't drag me back frim
the portal of hope! We'll drink the
stuff that comes across the water;
that from me and what would I bet
Why, the very fate I have been light
ing off with tooth and nail would
overwhelm me. I'd sink into unim
portance-my unparalleled misfor
tunes would degrade me to a level
with the commonest! No, sir, I've
never been without hope, and though
I've fallen I've always got up. What
Fentress has is based on monoe he
stole from me. By God, the days of
his proft-taking are at an endl! I am
goIl to ste p him .Aal ear t -I
don't live to enjoy what's mine, my
I'll warm the cockles of your heart
with imported brandy. I carry twenty
years' hunger and thirst under my
wes-coat, and I'll feed and dIrink like
a gentleman yet!" The judge smacked
his lips in an ecstacy of enjoyment,
and dropping down before the table
which served him as a desk, seized a
"It's good enough to think about,
Price," admitted Mahaffy grudgingly.
"It's better to do; and if anything
happens to me the papers I am going
to leave will tell you how it's to be
done. Man, there's a million of
money in sight, and we've got to get
it and spend it and enjoy it! None of
your swinish thrift for me, but life on
a big scale-company, and feasting,
and refined surroundingsl"
"And you are going to meet Fem
tress in the morning?" asked Mahaffy.
"I suppose there's no way of avoiding
"Avoiding it?" almost shouted the
judge. "For what have I been living?
I shall meet him, let the consequences
be what they may. Tonight when i
have reduced certain facts to writing
I shall join you at Belie Plain. The
strange and melancholy history of my
life I shall place in your hands for
safe keeping. In the morning I can be
driven back to Boggs'."
"And you will go there without a
"If necessary; yes."
"I declare, Price, you are hardly
fitted to be at large! Why, you act
as if you were tired of life! There's
The judge gave him an Indulgent
but superior smile.
"Two very worthy men, but I go to
Boggs' attended by a gentleman or I
go there alone. I am aware of your
prejudices, Solomon; 'otherwise I
might ask this favor of you."
Mr. Mahaffy snorted loudly and
turned to the door, for Yancy and
Cavendish were now approaching the
house, the latter with a meal sack
slung over his shoulder.
"Here, 8olomon, take one of my
pistols." urged the judge hastily.
Tom's stammering speech, he was
still seeting his bghastly face, and he
had come upon him with startling
suddenness. He had chanced to look
back over his shoulder and when he
faced about there had been the platt
er within a hundred yards of him.
Presently Carrlngton's glance ceas
ed to follow the windings of the path.
He stared down at the gray dust and
saw the trail left by Hues and his
"You may need it at Belle Plain. Good
by, and God bless you!"
Bess Leads to Betty.
Just where he had parted from
Ware, Carrington sat his horse, his
brows knit and his eyes turned in the
direction of the path. He was on his
way to a plantation below firard, the
dOwer of which had recently Import
ed a pack of bloodhounds; but this
unexpected eneounter with Ware had
afected him strangely. He still seri
part. Mr a now" 'he heaIgA;
If the dogs were to be used with any
hope of success he had no time to
spare, and this was the merest sus
picion, illogical conjecture, based on
nothing beyond his distrust of Ware.
In the end he sprang from the saddle,
and leading his horse Into the woods,
tied It to a sapling.
A hurried invetigation told him
that five men had ridden in and out of
that path. Of the five, all coing
from the south, four had turned
south again, but the fifth man-Ware,
in other words-hbad gone north. He
weighed the possible significance of
"I am only wasting time!" he con
feesed seluctantly, and was on the
point of turning away, when, on the
very edge of the road and just where
the dust yielded to the hard clay of
the path, his glance lighted on the
print of a small and daintily shod
foot. The throbbing of his heart
"Betty!" The word leaped from his
That small foot had left but the
one impress. There were other signs,
however, that claimed his atention;
namely, the boot-prints of leosson
and his men; and he made the in
eyitable discovery that these tracks
were all confined to theshe spot.
They began suddenly and as sdden
ly ceased, yet there was no mystery
about these; he had the marks of the
wheels to help him to a sure conclu
sion. A carriage had turned just
here, several men had alighted; they
had with them a child, or a woman.
Either they had re-entered the car.
riage and driven back as thby had
come, or they had gone toward the
river. He felt the soul within hm
He stole along the path; thelterror
of the river was ever in his thoughts,
and the specter of his fear seemed to
flit before him and lure him on. Pres
ently he caught his first glimpse of
the bayou and his legs shook under
him; but the path wound deeper still
into what appeared to be an un.
touched solitude, wound on between
the crowding tiee forms, a little beek
from the shore, with an intervening
tangle of vines and bushes. He
scanned this closely as he Jurried
forward, scarcely conscious that he
was searching for some trampled
space at the water's edge; but the.
verdant wall preserved its unbroken
continuity, and twenty minutes later
he came within sight of Hicks' clean
ing and the keel boat, where It rested
against the bank.
A little farther on he found the
spot where Sloeson had lausnhed the
skiff the night before. The keel of his
boat had cut deep into the slippery
clay; more than this, the impress of
the small shoe was repeated here, and
just beside it was the print of a o hid's
He no longer doubted that ett
and Hannibal had been taken across
the bayou to the cabin, and he ran
back up the path the distance of a
mile and plunged into the woods on
his riht, his purpoe belin to pass
around the head of the expnse .
sluggish water to a point froa which
he could later approach the cabin.
But the cabin proved to be better
defended than he had foresein; and
as he advanced, the difcultles aof the
.task he had set himself becam al
most insurmountable; yet sustained
as he was by his imperative need, he
tore his way through the labyrinth a
tralling vines, or floundered aresa
acrewtde patches of green slime ad
black mud, which at Ueach step threat
ened to engulf him in their treaches
ous depths, until at the end of as
hour he gtained the southera side of
the clearing and a Srmer Ietl
within the shelter of the wods.
Here he paused and took stoeak of
his surroundings. The two or three
buildlnpgs Mr. Hicks had erected stood
midway of the clearlng and were very
modest improvements adapted to their
owper's somewhat flippant puruit of
agriculture. While Carringtoa was
still staring about him, the cabn dor
swuang open and a woman stepped
forth. It as the girl Bess. She wet
to a corner of the butlding and satled
"Joe! Oh, Joe!"
Carrington glanced in the direeutson
of the keel boat anrd a Instant later
saw Blosson clamber over Its side.
The tavern-keeper crossed to the ab
In, where 'he was met by Bess. who
placed in his hands what seemed to
be a woodep bowL With this he
slouched off to one of the outbuild
ings, which he entered. Ten or ff
teen minutes slipped by, then he came
from the shed and after securing the
door, returned to the cabin. H# was
again met by Be1s, who relitced am
of the bowl; they exchanged a few
words and Iloason walked away and
afterward disappeared over the side
of the keel boat.
This much was clear to the Ken.
I tucklisa: food had been takes to some
Sone in the shed-to Betty snd the
I bet--uore lhki t S eorge.
(10 has 'oaspeag
METHOD OF LAYING OFF A SQUARE ACRE
AOW Lo AY or
.m. 'A QA,- ACR
An acre contains 160 quare rods.
Therefore one side of a square acre
should be the square root of this. As
the square root runs into many deci
mals some lndirect method has to be
found of obtaining the proper measure
meat. The drawing will make clear
one ofat the most Ingenious methods and I
one very little known to say but old
line surveyors. It will prove valuable c
'to any farmer.
First a square eight rods on a side e
Is laid off. Then from each cornern
one side is extended four rods more.
These last ends are now connected
MULES FOR THE FARM
Demand for First-Clas Animals
Above the Supply.
Kentucky Breeds Have Better Heads
and Acti---Jennets Are Profitable
When Bred to Beet Jaki;
Saves Farmer Money.
I found a great difference betwee
the class of mules raised west of the
Misilssippi from the draft mares and
those raised in Kentacky from trot
ting-bred mares, says a writer in the
National Stockman. The Kentacky
mules have better heads, long, thin
ears, good necks and better action.
Those bred from the dgaft mares have
short, thick necks, with heavy lop
ears. The demand for first-clas mules
Is above the supply, and four-year-old
well-broken mules bring $830 to $700
Maine lambermen have two repro
sentatives in the west buying the best
mules they can find paying $500 to
$700 a pair oir them. This means $700
to $1,000 a pair by the time they reach
the lumber camps. A friend of mine is
the buyer for a large coal company
that uses thousands of mules. He
scours the west in search for mules
for the miners. .There lb a market
for mules wherever there is hauling.
He fils a place la 'the mines, lumber
camps, railroads and on the farm. He
fills a place which no other animal can
fill, and there is nothing in sight to
take his place.
Mules are becoming scareer all the
time. Look--aroad the country and
me the stallions. This mesas fower
maules. A ack costs somewhere from
$800 to $1,500. A fouryearold will
serve about 50 mares in a season A
threeyear4od will grow into money,
and at six he is ready for heavy serv.
lee. Jennets cost $400 to $60 each.
Large ones weighing 1,000 pounds or
over, are very proftable when bred to
the very .best Jacks. In Kentucky
many breeders are mating jennets to
the very best trotting stallions, pro
ducing hnnies. No one could guess
their breeding. Recently I saw one
in Louisville that was a wonderful eat
'ral. The owner ha4 refused $1,000
for him. His side wus like seal skin,
ears like rabbit's, and he could trot
in 2:30. A gret many hianes are
being raised in the mountain districts,
and they sell at prices ranging from
$350 to $400.
-A mule authority ayse: There is
nothing that walks that will beat an
old jennet as a money-maker." Out in
Missouri, whied a farmer goes to the
bank to borrow money, the banker
asks: 'How many mules have you.'
The farmer says: 'Fifty twoyear-olds.'
The beaker says: 'Yo can have
$5,000.' As long as railroads build, lum
ber is hauled or coal mlned grow
maules. Not one year, but eery year.
Mr. KCule will save ye money and pay
the mortgage o the aim
Cars During Molting.
The winter egg prection will be
hastened if you will help the he
along durng and tmmedlately after
ttr moltins iared. After the as
htve grown their new feathers It will
take them many weeks to recupsgrate
'their weakeed energies so they may
ai prodnue egs i they are left to
shift for themselves eatirely and pick
up their meals as best they can.
pueed the hens well for at leat a
time if they are to be wintered over
andpay you a profit during the fal
Many farmers who hive been gr'w
ing hfuit for years do not hknow that
the apple and most other fruit trees
form fruit buds lin the late srmmt
I very dry weather frit bat s are
formed quite early gad n ease of a
wat -se fari seem hek kit
and an absolutely square acre t the
result Prom the drawing this Is evl
dent; for the inside square contain!
i4 square rods and each triangle con,
tamns 24 square sods (beas times one
half the altitude, or 12 times 4 divided
by 2.) So four times is4 i, whlch
addq to 64 gives the requbdsite 10. It
will readily t en that the plaeing
of one of the pegs outlining this
square acre is an easy matter, for they
each come at the end of a certain red
on the chain. Then the square acre
can be laid of Vithout actually ss
uring the sides at all.
WANTS LONG STAPLE COTTON
Department of Agriculture Urges
Southern Frmerg to Grow Variety :
Now in Demand.
The department of agriculture,
through its cooperative farm demon
stration work; is trying to get the
southern farmers to grow more long
staple cotton. This actiok ha been
taken as the result of iaAas"d do
mands from the mills of New Sogland.
which are willing to pay a um
for this iariety. ang staple ott
was amons the r Important ult
of plant breeding work of the
meats, having been attaed tb
the eforts of IL J. Webber. con
netted ýith Cornell Uniaersity. Se
eral -years asp Professor W.b do
veloped'a long staple strala of la4
coatton. Where the emautyprow
Ing of cottond is arefully pacticed It
Is possible to grow this cotto. aad
keep it true to type. Some of the
Noew England mills have had a copn
muaity growing scheme n operati
for more than a year near 1I Csntro'
Cal,, This year about 100 sres wilt
be added to the area, which will be
plantel to seed sent out from the de"
partinent. There is a commaunity i oW
ig long staple cotton in Georgia, but.
this is hot helping the New 'ogglat
mills, as they tab the whole supply
and want moaoe.
HARNESS HORSE IN HURRY;,
Chains Arraged s e Adjusted Ove
Asimare Sk in Very Isman
pae f Tlme.a
tr bhorses r mules that pull
freight ar or help out an hb or
are used in any of the numerous
emersency ways, harness that ass
be bithed up is a lby is reuako
In most asesn the ebats wear thir
harmess all the time sad are merely
hitched up i the load; but the har
neas patented by a Penanyvenas
man, and shown her, may ether
be worn cotinually or thrown over
tehore In as- Istant. A tflag
is mounted on the hoen's back ever
the bind quarters, ad from this
ring chains strtek to the eankaS.
cellar and to the bak end of the
trace hain that mar haek from the
collar. Thee they join. and at this
polnt is sa esy throgh whleh the
harnee mw be. instana booke
to sthe load.k The arrangemet ot
the tas chailes give the. borse more
pSllian perne than it he depended en
SUthe tra aIn saia.
Sprays for Garden Pests.
In euibrments at the Marylad
station from salphate has been found
of speclal value In controlling -
rweed and ohtr ekly Iweeds i~w
berries, alaltf ad other crop. i
Iw Psed at t rate oft oae ad emo.
halt to tweo powads per gallon o wa
ter durtag the ma't enason, pre
-ar ,ly a heLl. after bfost rwa
ithe-.,ede wp~aJa se y. ndled
a bu notthe